Elizabeth Gaines – the driving force behind Fortescue Metals Group

Original article by Rachel Pupazzoni
abc.net.au – Page: Online : 29-Jun-20

Pure-play iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group is seeking to diversify its operations under current CEO Elizabeth Gaines, who took the helm in 2018. This could include exploring for minerals such as copper and gold in South America and hydrogen in Western Australia. Gaines grew up in Halls Creek in the Kimberley region of WA, which has a large indigenous population. Her father was a local school headmaster, who actively sought to ensure that indigenous people were integrated into the broader community. Fortescue founder Andrew Forrest adopted a similar policy of full integration at the world’s fourth-biggest iron ore miner, where indigenous people account for 15 per cent of its Pilbara workforce.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG

Fortescue fast-tracks carbon-cutting plan

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 15 : 17-Jun-20

Fortescue Metals Group has announced a revised target of 2040 to achieve net-zero operational carbon emissions. The pure-play iron ore miner also aims to reduce its scope 1 and scope 2 emissions from existing operations by 26 per cent over the next decade. However, Fortescue has not set any emission reduction targets for its Iron Bridge magnetite project, advising that it will outline separate targets for the project when it becomes operational in mid-2022. Fortescue continues to resist setting scope 3 emission reduction targets.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG

Heritage site row forces BHP to hold fire on $5b project

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 & 22 : 12-Jun-20

BHP has halted plans to destroy indigenous heritage sites as part of its development of the US3.6 billion ($5.2 billion) South Flank iron ore mine in Western Australia. The mine is slated to produce 80 million tonnes of ore per annum, with the WA government having given BHP permission to proceed with destruction of the sites in May. BHP has indicated that it will not disturb any of the sites in question until it has had more talks with the Banjima people. The traditional owners had welcomed the opportunities afforded by the development of the South Flank mine when a comprehensive agreement on its development was signed in 2015.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Iron ore exporters flag $21b tax boost from port

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 10-Jun-20

A report produced by ACIL Allen Consulting has assessed the economic contribution of the Port Hedland export hub. It estimates that the port and its supply chain injected some $54bn into the Western Australian economy in 2019 and supported one in every 12 jobs in the state. The report forecasts that iron ore production linked to Port Hedland will top 547.5 million tonnes in 2022-23, compared with 524.9 million tonnes in 2019-20. It also estimates that increasing shipments via Port Hedland would boost government revenue from taxes and royalties by $21bn over the next decade.

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ACIL ALLEN CONSULTING PTY LTD, PORT HEDLAND INDUSTRY COUNCIL, PILBARA PORTS AUTHORITY, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, ROY HILL HOLDINGS PTY LTD

Price rises lift Port Hedland iron ore exports

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: Online : 9-Jun-20

Data from the Pilbara Ports Authority shows that iron ore shipments via Port Hedland rose by four per cent year-on-year in May, to 47.8 million tonnes. Australian iron ore producers benefited from a rally in the price of the steel input during May, amid a downturn in stockpiles at Chinese ports as steel mills resumed production. They will also benefit from a court-ordered closure of Vale’s Itabira mining hub due to a coronavirus outbreak. Vale has maintained its revised full-year production guidance of 310-330 million tonnes.

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PILBARA PORTS AUTHORITY, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, ROY HILL HOLDINGS PTY LTD, ATLAS IRON LIMITED, MINERAL RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX MIN, VALE SA

Fortescue facing massive compo bill

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 30-May-20

The High Court has rejected Fortescue Metals Group’s bid to overturn a previous Federal Court ruling in favour of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation. The case centred on the traditional owners’ native title claim over some 2,700 sq km of land in Western Australia’s Pilbara region; the land in question contains Fortescue’s Solomon iron ore mining hub. The YAC is now expected to seek compensation from Fortescue; this is likely to comprise a percentage of Fortescue’s revenue from iron ore mining in WA.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION, HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

Iron ore price surge set to boost WA budget amid Brazil coronavirus crisis and Chinese demand

Original article by James Carmody
abc.net.au – Page: Online : 29-May-20

The resilience of the iron ore price may provide some relief for the Western Australian government amid growing concern that the state faces a recession. Treasurer Ben Wyatt has indicated that mining royalties could be higher than forecast, which will help to offset a decline in the state’s revenue from other sources. WA’s iron ore industry has benefited from factors such as lower output in Brazil and the state’s closer proximity to China. Meanwhile, the remoteness of WA’s iron ore mines has traditionally been seen as a disadvantage, but it has been regarded as a positive during the coronavirus pandemic.

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF TREASURY AND FINANCE

China pays more for iron ore

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 16 : 19-May-20

The iron ore price has risen by more than 13 per cent since the end of April, and futures pricing suggests that further gains are likely. The price of the steel input has been resilient during the coronavirus pandemic, due to factors such as continued strong demand for iron ore in China and the fact that major producer Brazil has been hit hard by the virus. Citigroup’s analysts expect the continued strong price of iron ore to result in the resources sector paying out $14.4bn in dividends for 2019-20. The banking sector in turn is tipped to pay out $14.7bn.

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CITIGROUP PTY LTD, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG

Full steel ahead for Fortescue as China draws down ore stockpiles

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 21 : 6-May-20

Fortescue Metals Group CEO Elizabeth Gaines expects demand for iron ore to remain strong due to China’s urbanisation policy. China produced 234.5 million tonnes of crude steel in the March quarter, which is 1.2 per cent higher than the same period in 2019. Gaines says that any additional economic stimulus in China would further boost demand for steel, and therefore iron ore. Meanwhile, Gaines is confident that Fortescue’s application to increase its export capacity at Port Hedland by 20 per cent will be approved.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG

FMG gives BHP nod at Port Hedland

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 20 : 4-May-20

BHP and Fortescue Metals Group are both seeking to increase their iron ore export capacity at Port Hedland, by 14 per cent and 20 per cent respectively. Fortescue CEO Elizabeth Gaines says Port Hedland would be able to cope with increased shipments, although she stresses that applying for extra capacity does not necessarily mean that the iron ore giants will increase production and export volumes. Gaines also expects demand for iron ore to remain strong in China, as the nation’s urbanisation program fuels continued growth in steel production.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP